It now appears that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed its vigours against the fight against corruption following Friday's declaration by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The acting chairman of the anti-graft agency, Ibrahim Magu disclosed that the commission is investigating serving and former state governors for corruption.
Magu stated this while speaking at a press conference marking the 2020 Democracy Day in Abuja, he said ; “We are on course in all the cases we are prosecuting , our scorecard in the area of conviction is 2 ,240 in the last five years and we covered assets in excess of N 980 bn , with quite a large array of non -monetary assets . We are also investigating serving and former governors and questioning those conniving with them .”
Magu continued saying that some cases that appeared stalled would be resurrected in order to get justice.
Following the declaration by the EFCC chairman, below are some of the former and serving governors under the radar of the anti - corruption body.
Orji Kalu - N7.65 billion
Former governor of Abia State Orji Uzor Kalu was recently released from prison after the Supreme Court ordered his re-trial. He was in December 2019 sentenced to 12 years in prison for allegedly stealing public funds while in office. But with the apex court ruling and his subsequent release from prison, the EFCC said it is ready to start the process all over again to put, Kaku, who is the current Chief Whip of the senate behind bat's again.
Sule Lamido, N1.35 billion
The former governor of Jigawa state and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party's, PDP in 2019 is standing trial for allegedly defrauding Jigawa State to the tune of N1.35 billion. He is on trial alongside, his two sons: Aminu Sule Lamido and Mustapha Sule Lamido.
Gabriel Suswan, N3.1 billion
Mr Suswan a former governor of Benue State is standing trial for N3.1 billion fraud while he was governor of the state.
Suswan the senator representing Benue North-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly and the Senate committee Chairman on Power has been standing trial since 2015, but the E EFCC says its ready to follow up the trial and ensure Mr. Suswan is brought to justice.
Theodore Orji, N27 billion
Orji was governor of Abia State between 2007 - 2015 and represents Abia - Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly. He is being prosecuted for allegations that he mismanaged about N27 bn while he was governor of the South East state. He was first invited On November 21, 2018, which was sequel to several petitions written against him shortly after he left office in 2015.
Godswill Akpabio, N 108 billion
The current Minister for Niger Delta Affairs and former governor of Akwa Ibom state. His was appointment as minister by president Muhammadu Buhari immediately after joining the APC, while he was been tried by the EFCC for mismanaging N108 bn belonging to the state. Although the EFCC has not given a word on this, many are of the opinion that his trial would not see the light of day after becoming a minister and member of the ruling party.
Aliyu Wammako, N15 bn fraud
A former governor of Sokoto state Wammako, is on trial over alleged N15 bn fraud. He is currently represents Sokoto North in the National Assembly. Wammako first appeared in court in 2015, but no progress has been made
Peter Odili, N10 billion
Odili, has evaded justice since 2007 when he left office as governor of Rivers state. When he was summoned for questioning over alleged fraud to the tune of N10 billion, he quickly obtained a perpetual injunction barring the EFCC from arresting and investigating him.
Odili, whose wife Mary Odili, is a justice of the Supreme Court appears to be above the law sort of. But the anti graft body has vowed to quash the court order and protecting Mr. Odili.
Sullivan Chime, N23 billion
Chime, was governor of Enugu state from 2007 to 2015. He is being accused of mismanaging part of N23 bn allegedly shared by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison -Madueke.
Abdullahi Ganduje, alleged Bribery
The Kano state governor was caught on a viral video receiving cash. The EFCC had carried out a forensic audit on the video alleging the bribery, it however has not made the report public. A suit seeking the EFCC to release its findings was dismissed by a Federal High Court , sitting in Kano. The last has certainly not being heard of the "Gandollar" episode.
Governor Nyesom Wike
The EFCC said the Wike led Rivers State Government allegedly made illegal withdrawals of N118bn public fund. The commission accused governor Wike of shielding three of his officials from being investigated for fear of being indicted by the officials.
Governor Wike on his part has vowed never to release the said officials to the EFCC for questioning, adding that the Rivers State Government had obtained a perpetual injunction against their arrest and prosecution
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